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Center Buttress 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Circus Wall 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Elevation: 2,248 ft
GPS: 36.397, -80.286 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ryan Williams on Nov 3, 2011
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Description

The Sentinel Buttress is really made up of a few walls. The Circus Wall faces north and hosts a lineup of routes that all North Carolina climbers should do. The center face of the buttress has a few wandery routes that are worth some time, even if you only use them as alternative ways to the Crows Nest. And although the Fire Wall is not considered to be part of the Sentinel, it is in fact the buttress's southern side.

Getting There

Once you've taken the left onto the powerline road, walk for a few minutes until you see a park sign on the right pointing to the Sentinel Buttress trail. Turn right and head up the trail, following signs for the Sentinel Buttress. Once you get close to the wall, the trail splits and either heads left toward the Central Wall or right toward the Sentinel Buttress.

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The bolted rappel station for Sentinel Buttress is about 20 feet to the climber's right of where Zoo View tops out. Easy walking along the cliff edge, descend down about 5-10 feet onto a large, obvious ledge with a small tree on it. The station is on a vertical face in a corner.

Consists to two bolts, two quicklinks, and a length of cable which is frayed on the ends (and can really frazz up your rope's sheath).

A 70m rope gets you down to the Crow's Nest with length to spare. A 60m might (?) leave you down-climbing a few feet of super easy terrain. Jun 25, 2016
A 60 Meter rope is exactly enough to make the rapel from the top of the second pitch with both ends making it to the ground. No down climbing necessary. Jun 22, 2018
Austin Goff
Winston-Salem, NC
Austin Goff   Winston-Salem, NC
A 60m rope actually stretching all the way to the ledge is rope specific in my experience. I've had about 3 of 5 ropes make it down. Depends on attributes of the rope. Watch your ends. Jun 22, 2018

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